A hoodlum known only as Adedeji, aka Skye, is accused of murdering a lady named Halimat Abowaba on Abeokuta Street, behind the Agege Stadium in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos state.
According to reports, Adedeji and other hoodlums were celebrating the victory of a political party on Abeokuta Street when he suddenly pulled out a gun and began shooting indiscriminately.
One of the stray bullets allegedly hit Abowaba, who was standing in front of her mother’s drinking establishment on Abeokuta Street.
Gbenga Samuel, a resident, lamented the incident, saying one of Adedeji’s bullets hit one of Abowaba’s laps, and that neighbours and family members rushed her to the Ifako Ijaiye Teaching Hospital in a desperate attempt to save her life.
After arriving at the hospital, Samuel stated that medical personnel referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after assessing the severity of her injuries.
He, however, said the 27-year-old lady bled to death.
Samuel said, “One of the political thugs in Agege named Adedeji, aka Skye, while celebrating the victory of his party on election day, started shooting indiscriminately and one of the stray bullets hit a lady, Halimat Abowaba, in her lap.
Adedeji was drunk when he began shooting. The incident occurred around 6 p.m., and the lady was rushed to the Ifako Ijaiye Teaching Hospital. When they arrived, she was referred to the LASUTH, but she died in the early hours of Sunday. Halimat died as a result of massive blood loss. Her lap was shattered by the bullet.
“Her mother runs a beer parlour. I am speaking out because in cases like this, politicians will do everything to sweep it under the carpet, especially because this is an election period. I am not sure the family reported the matter to the police.”
Explaining further, Samuel said Adedeji had gone into hiding after perpetrating the crime, adding that Abowaba’s family, who initially wanted justice for her, had accepted the events that led to her death as the will of God.
He added, “Adedeji has been on the run; the incident that claimed the life of the lady happened around 6pm and a lot of people witnessed it. Adedeji was the only armed person among all those political thugs celebrating the victory of the party on the day of the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.
“People alongside the victim’s mother shouted that political thugs killed Halimat. I learnt that the victim’s family members wanted justice and were willing to take up the matter but later on, we started hearing that they are no longer going ahead with the case.”